Sauber missing speed - Gutierrez

By on Sunday, March 16, 2014
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Esteban Gutierrez has said that Sauber is missing speed after both cars finished outside of the points in Australia.

Gutierrez finished the race in 13th place, behind team-mate Adrian Sutil.

"It was a different kind of racing today, but definitely something we take as a reference," said Gutierrez.

"In general we are missing speed and it’s a challenge to be able to compete at the front like this. As a team, we need to make sure we put everything together because the lack of speed we have on the straight is quite significant. However, we can be very happy that we both finished the race today."

Sutil agreed that the C33 needs improvements.

"It was an exciting race, and especially the start, but luckily I went through without any incidents," he said.

"We had a few issues with the powertrain during the first stint, but after the pit stop that improved. Nevertheless this cost us a lot of time that we couldn’t recover.

"I was on a two stop strategy, but we switched to a one stop because of the safety car. This could have worked well, but the safety car phase didn’t help us. In addition we were simply too slow, but we managed to finish the race, which was our goal. We came close to the points, but we need to improve our speed."

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